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Actor actor Peter Hardy loses his life as Neighbours actor, 66, found dead on Australian beach
Neighbours actor Peter Hardy has died at the age of 66.
The actor was found dead on a beach in Australia after he drowned in Fremantle near Perth, Western Australia, on Thursday.
According to local reports, Peter had travelled to Perth from London to visit his mother.
He is reported to have been snorkelling at South Beach in Fremantle when he ran into trouble.
The exact circumstances of Peter's death are unknown.
Peter appeared as Jimmy Drane in three episodes of Neighbours in 1997 but he was best known in Australia for his roles in McLeod's Daughters and Chopper.
Bystanders at the beach in Perth desperately tried to save Peter's life by performing CPR in the sand until paramedics arrived on the scene.
Emergency crews were unable to save the actor's life and he died at the scene.
Peter was born and raised in Perth before he left to pursue his acting career in the mid-1980s.
Tributes have started pouring in for the actor, following his tragic death.
Peter's friend Ross Anderson wrote: "This news is such a heartbreaking shock. He'll be held in the wide arms of the ocean he grow up beside, and in the hearts of all those he welcomed into his vital and witty orbit. Sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues."
Another friend, Andy Burns said: "On the morning of March 16th a dear friend was taken from us... the amazing and beautiful Peter Hardy drowned while snorkelling at South Beach Perth.
"He was 66 years old and looked like a Greek god, so fit, and so happy to be back in his native WA visiting from London where he had made his home.
"Words cannot express how deeply I feel this loss, We've been close friends since living together in Neutral Bay Sydney in the mid 80s.
"He was a superb actor a wonderful singer and guitarist he also played drums and sax. He always loved performing in the theatre as well as film and TV. He decided to buy a canal boat in London which he set up beautifully with some recording gear and he'd send me guitar tracks recorded there to add backings to.
"Heartfelt condolences to all his family and many friends over this devastating loss especially his beautiful girlfriend Lysa our thoughts are with you...
"Vale dear friend Peter Hardy RIP."